So Easter is coming and one of the great traditions of Easter is the Hot Cross Bun. I have never made them before so I decided I would have ago this year. The Hot Cross bun is a celebration food that celebrates the end of Lent and piles in all the things you may have given up for the last seven weeks. Made from a heavily spiced dough, the bun is laden with rich fruit. A delicious treat – and one we shouldn’t eat too often!
So with apologies to Nigella and Felicity Cloake of the Guardian who’s recipes I have butchered here is the official Ethical Superstore guide to making your own Ethical Hot Cross Bun.
¼ tsp powdered nutmeg
½ tsp powdered Suma Organic and Fairtrade cinnamon
¼ tsp powdered mixed spice
Pinch of saffron
7g of powdered “easy bake” yeast (or Doves Farm quick yeast)
50g golden Traidcraft Fairtrade caster sugar
450g Doves Farm organic strong white flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground ginger
150g Suma Organic currants
50g mixed peel
3 tbsp Doves Farm organic plain flour
Cooking time: In total this is going to take four hours and for the best flavour prepare the spicy milk the day before.
1. Heat 200ml milk gently in a pan along with the cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice until just boiling. Set aside, preferably overnight.
2. Next day warm the milk to body temperature and then add yeast and 1 tsp sugar.
3. Mix the flour and butter in a large bowl and rub together until well mixed.
4. Add the rest of the sugar, the salt and ginger.
5. Beat together two of the eggs and add with the yeast mixture to the flour\butter mixture. Stir in, adding enough milk to make a soft dough.
6. Place on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
7. Cover and leave in a warm place for a couple of hours until it has doubled in size.
8. Place back on a floured surface and knead for a minute or so. Flatten it out and scatter over the fruit and peel. Knead again to spread the fruit around evenly.
9. Divide into 16 equal pieces and roll these into round, bun shapes. Put on If you care grease proof paper lined baking trays and mark a cross on the top of each one. Cover and put in a warm place until doubled in size (again!).
10. Set the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and beat together an egg with a little milk. Mix the plain flour, a pinch of salt and enough cold water to make a stiff paste. Paint the top of each bun with egg wash, and then draw a thick cross where you scored the cross on each bun.
11. Put into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until golden.
12. Meanwhile, mix 1 tbsp caster sugar with 1 tbsp boiling water. When the buns come out of the oven, brush them with this before transferring to a rack to cool.
13. Eat with lots of butter, lots of friends and lots of chat of how to make the world a better place.
Have fun and have a great Easter. Once consumed on Easter Sunday you will a strenuous Easter Egg hunt to burn off the calories. Make sure you have lots of Divine Easter eggs well hidden around your garden!Google+